Cleaning out for the sale of my house
Then repeat, over and over and over! Mostly, it wasn't too hard. I got a niece to take some of the family memorabilia and furniture. It was odd to find the things I was very attached to - arts and crafts materials with no actual value at all and what things were surprisingly easy to say goodbye to. I think it helped that my family moved a lot when I was young, so I don't always have strong attachments to things.
Then came just plain cleaning – for the open house. I hate, hate, hate cleaning! I was very grateful to have a few friends who came and helped clean!
They said the Portland real estate market was hot – but this surprised even my realtor!
So, I’ve apparently sold my house! It will close in mid-April. I moved out shortly before the house went on the market just for convenience – so Fay Wray and I are getting settled into the new trailer in a nearby RV Resort.
I feel free and unburdened!
My friends thought I would feel loss after living in my house for 18 years – longer than I have ever lived anywhere ever. But, in fact, I mostly just feel relieved. The house was becoming more of a burden as I travel more, worrying over who I could get to stay in the house while I was away, overwhelmed by the increasing list of maintenance to do, and increasingly hating the rainy PNW weather.
So, while I still have a couple of months in Portland, taking care of details and family matters, I’m feeling remarkably free and happy. I’m still close enough to visit my old neighbors and friends, enjoy spring in Portland, and look forward to planning my first real trip.
The big Reveal - my new trailer and vehicle
Will be in the next post!